The former head of the security Service of Ukraine, former head of the Main intelligence Directorate of the defense Ministry Ihor Smeshko told that the authorities of Ukraine in 2004, during the Orange revolution, did everything to Ukraine was not bloodshed. About this Smeshko said in the author’s program editor-in-chief of the Internet edition «GORDON» Alesya Batman on the TV channel «112 Ukraine».
He said that after the first round of the presidential election in 2004, he received from the then Prime Minister of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych’s offer to lead the SBU in his presidential team, but refused. According to Smeshko, then he immediately went to the second President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma with a request to dismiss.
«I asked the President to release me from this position. The President listened to me, and I thought he understood the situation and asked me to stay here… I can literally bring his words: «do You realize that a lot of people waiting for your resignation?» and even call, who would like to see on this post. «But you want us with you was like blood in the center of Kiev? How much I have been given so much and stay close». I must say that the current government at the time did everything possible – and the security Service played a role, – that in Ukraine there was no blood,» – said Smeshko.
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21 November 2004 the Central election Commission of Ukraine announced the preliminary results of the second round of the presidential elections, according to which with a 3% Yanukovych won. After that in Ukraine began mass protests known as the Orange revolution. The Supreme Court of Ukraine declared the results of second round voting is rigged and ordered re-vote. As a result, the victory in the presidential election in 2004 was won by Viktor Yushchenko.
Smeshko was the head of the security Service of Ukraine from September 2003 to February 2005.
Smeshko: Kuchma listened to me and said, “You don’t want that we with you was like blood in the center of Kiev? How much I have been given so much and stay close” 29.12.2017